The Kremlin on Wednesday declared the conduct of US President Joe Biden to be “unacceptable and unforgivable” in accusing Vladimir Putin of being a “war criminal” for the conflict in Ukraine.
Biden criticized Putin in an interview with journalists in Washington on Wednesday. “I think he is a war criminal,” said the president. Soon after, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki declared that Biden “spoke from the heart” after seeing images of “barbaric actions by a brutal dictator invading a foreign country”.
The choice of words angered Moscow, which responded with presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov, quoted by Russian agencies.
“We find such rhetoric unacceptable and unforgivable by a head of state whose bombs have killed hundreds of thousands of people around the world,” Peskov said.
Shortly before the criticism of Putin, Biden announced the increase to 1 billion dollars in the amount of aid promised to Ukraine. Previously, the United States had guaranteed 200 million to the Ukrainian government.
“We help Ukraine to acquire additional and longer-range air defense systems,” Biden detailed. According to him, the help was requested by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and includes the sending of drones.